By Steve Wall

Let me introduce you to the world of canning wild game! Are you looking for a new way to process your wild game?  Are you ever in search of a quick easy meal that can be put together in 5 minutes?   While I was growing up, my dad would process his own deer as I am sure many of you do as well.  During this time he introduced me to canned deer meat.  Once the process is finished, canned meat can be a very quick and tasty meal.  I will walk you though the steps to canning wild game and have also put together a video of the process.


 Canning wild game

  1. directions for Canning wild game

  2. Cut up meat into approximately 1″ cubed size pieces.
  3. Wash jars.
  4. Place new lids into saucepan with water and simmer.
  5. Fill jars with meat, making sure to remove as many air pockets as possible (with spatula or knife).
  6. Add 1/4 of a sliced onion and 1/2 of a beef bouillon cube. (No need to add liquid)Filling jars 
  7. Continue filling jars until you have enough for 1 batch or until meat is gone. (Canner does not need to be at full capacity)
  8. Add 2 quarts of water to pressure canner.
  9. Wipe off jar rims with towel.
  10. Remove lids from water, place on jars and screw on cap.
  11. Place jars in pressure canner. (It is ok if they are touching)
  12. Place lid on pressure canner and turn heat on high.
  13. Watch for steam to come out of center vent tube. ( Allow it to steam for a few minutes)
  14. Place 15 psi pressure control on top of vent tube. Pressure control
  15. Watch for red pressure indicator to go up and pressure control to jiggle vigorously.
  16. Reduce Heat so that pressure control jiggles gently. (Adjust heat as needed throughout process)
  17. Once pressure is controlled, start time for 1 hour.
  18. Turn off heat and watch for red pressure indicator to go down. (Do not try to speed up the process, let it cool down on its own.
  19. Remove lid.  Remove jars from canner and place on towel.
  20. A popping sound will indicate a proper seal.
  21. After cooling, press top of each lid to check that they are all sealed. (If you any of the jars did not seal they are ok to eat, but need to be used right away.)

removing jars

A couple of recipe ideas:

  • Heat and mix in your favorite BBQ sauce and have on sandwiches.
  • Head and mix with cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup.  Have over noodles, bread or mashed potatoes.
  • Mix with taco seasoning for shredded wild game tacos.

If you have had canned venison any other ways let me know and I will add them here!

Here is a copy of the instructions (Click on instructions to open in separate window to print or click link below to download.)